The AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates has administered a new examination of knowledge of basic and clinical veterinary sciences for the first time. The test was administered at 119 locations in July, and score reports were released to candidates the first week of September.
The Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination is step three in the four-step ECFVG certification program for graduates of veterinary schools and colleges without AVMA accreditation.
The new examination was developed to take the place of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination as step three for the ECFVG candidates who had not passed the NAVLE during or before the April 2007 testing window.
"We're very pleased with the first administration of the BCSE," said Dr. Donald Prater, chair of the ECFVG. "We had over 200 candidates sit for the examination.
"We feel that the BCSE will be an excellent benchmark for comparing the educational equivalence of our foreign graduates with those of recent graduates from an AVMA-accredited veterinary school."
The three-member ECFVG Step 3 Examination Steering Committee first met in December 2005 to begin developing the new examination, which meets the testing industry's rigorous standards. Since that time, as many as six task forces—comprising 10 to 20 people each from all areas of the veterinary profession—and approximately 3,500 survey respondents volunteered their time to help create the examination. Prometric, the ECFVG's testing consultant, facilitated its development and administration.